TEE UP JUNIOR CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS TAKE WINS BACK TO TAIWAN
Huang, Hsieh fire final round lows at Oak Valley Golf Club
BEAUMONT, Calif. — Tao Huang of Taipei, Taiwan, shot a final round 5-under-par 67 at the TEE UP Junior Challenge to take the Boys Division title by five stokes. Yu-Ling Hsieh, also of Taipei, picked up the win in the Girls Division after carding a 4-under-par 68.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TEE UP Junior Challenge was a 54-hole stroke-play event held at Oak Valley Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 103 boys and 41 girls, ages 12-18, from nine states, Taiwan and China. One hundred and twenty six hail from the home state of California. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 6,937 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,076 yards. The field of 144 was cut after the second round to the low 45 boys and 21 girls. The cut fell at 150 and below for the Boys Division and 154 and below for the Girls Division.
Huang, who finished with a tournament total of 11-under-par 205, had seven birdies on the day, three of which came on the front nine in a stretch from Nos. 6-8.
“Things worked out funny for me today,” Huang said. “I missed about three 3-foot putts and was making the putts at 30 and 40 feet. I've gotten better over the last five weeks and this win just gives me a lot of confidence to go back home with.”
Tied for second in the Boys Division were Daniel Lee of Valencia, Calif., and Chien Yao Hung of Sinjhuang City, Taiwan, at 6-under par 210. Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho, finished fourth at 5-under-par 211 while Diwen Chen of Coto De Caza, Calif., shot a 3-under-par 69 in his final round for a tournament total of 4-under-par 212 to put him in fifth.
In the Girls Division, Hsieh tallied five birdies and only one bogey in the final round of her debut win. She was pleased with her game but even more satisfied with her performance on No. 18.
“This hole has given me trouble and it's a very hard hole to birdie,” said Hsieh. “I was happy with a par to end my round and five week stay in the states. It's pretty cool to win my first AJGA tournament.”
Tied for second place behind Hsieh were Beverly Vatananugulkit of Cerritos, Calif., and Tiffany Chan of Beaumont, both with tournament totals of 5-over-par 221.
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